As part of an international law firm, the attorneys practicing in Bryan Cave’s financial institutions practice also have the advantages of an extremely deep bench in completing all types of merger and acquisition transactions.  Bryan Cave is ranked among the top legal advisers for M&A work involving a U.S. target for 2011, according to recently released data by Thomson Reuters.

The firm is ranked sixth based on the number of transactions completed involving a U.S. target, with 101 completed transactions during the year. Additionally, the firm ranks 22nd for completed transactions worldwide with 116 deals closed.

Thomson Reuters, recognized as maintaining the most comprehensive database available on mergers and acquisitions, noted in its full report that while the value of worldwide mergers and acquisitions was up from comparable 2010 levels, the number of deals was down 5.5 percent compared to last year.

“Our transactional practice enjoyed a very impressive year in 2011 by any measure, especially relative to our peers,” said Bill Seabaugh, head of the firm’s Transactions Group. “Globally, 2011 was a down year for M&A activity, but Bryan Cave’s completed deal activity was up more than 20 percent compared to 2010, which was itself a very active year for us. These results confirm that our clients continue to see an exceptional combination of quality, service and value in our global transactional practice.”

Click here to view Bryan Cave’s rankings by Thomson Reuters.